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Grafton boys bank on Starr in restocking for pool wars PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:35

Black Hawks will rely on junior standout, young talent in rebuilding swimming team

Grafton High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team doesn’t have the star power or experience it did last year, but it does have one Starr.
Junior Nick Starr will be one of the Black Hawks’ leaders this season after bringing home some hardware from the WIAA state meet last season.
Starr was a member of Grafton’s second-place 400-yard relay team and the fourth-place 200 medley relay team. He finished  eighth in the 500 freestyle and ninth in the 200 individual medley.
Starr helps lead a less-experienced 20-member squad that has only one senior, Matthew Fischer.
GHS SWIM (CR) s2120717053 4C“We’re a very young team. We’ve got 10 freshmen, and they’re replacing the nine seniors that graduated last year,” Grafton coach Mark Minz said.
The third-place finish at the Division 2 state meet was the best performance in the history of the Grafton boys’ program. Then-senior Sean O’Connor set a school record in winning the 100 butterfly and was second in the 200 freestyle.
Minz now hopes to rebuild on that success, and he’s happy with what he has seen so far from his young group.
“There’s an enthusiasm and a focus there that you don’t always expect from freshmen. They’re quite mature about swimming,” he said.
As far as how fast they are in the water, that remains to be seen.
“We’ve got a lot of diamonds in the rough yet. We’ve got to see how they shine later in the year,” Minz said.
Among the young swimmers is Michael O’Connor, Sean’s brother, who is trying diving in addition to swimming.
Fischer, Minz said, will be slotted as needed.

Lutheran buzzes past CG-B girls PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:33

Manitowoc team uses fast start to throttle Rockets in Big East Conference game

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team ran into a buzzsaw last Friday night against Manitowoc Lutheran.
The host Rockets fell behind, 40-17, at halftime on the way to a 74-35 loss in Big East Conference play.
Ellie Felsinger led the Rockets with 13 points.
CGB GIRLS BB s1120817530 4C“They started the game off hitting a very high percentage of shots and put us in a hole right away,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jason Jones said.
“After that, our girls never quit, but it was too big a hole and too good of a team to come back.”
Emily Behnke led 11 Lutheran scorers with 17 points.
On Dec. 5, the Rockets used a 30-20 first-half edge to top Sheboygan Christian, 53-44, on the road.
Felsinger scored 21 points, going 7-for-16 on floor shooting and 6-for-9 on free throws. She added seven rebounds.
Amanda Meerdink scored 12 and had seven boards. Alex Mentink had eight rebounds.
“Ellie has been playing better. She is gaining confidence and finding what works for her in the games,” Jones said.
“Amanda Meerdink has been a solid player for us all year long. She plays great defense and plays tough on offense.”
This week, the Rockets — 1-4 in the conference and 2-4 overall — played Campbellsport on Tuesday and will host Oostburg (5-0 Big East) on Thursday.

Repeat performance to be tough PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:30

Port wrestlers face difficult competition in expanded conference

Repeating last year’s North Shore Conference championship might not be in the cards for Port Washington’s wrestling team this season.
But the Pirates return four wrestlers who racked up 30-plus victories last year, including Blake Peiffer, Oliver Rosado, Lucas Griswold and Lukas Burke.
“Those guys have been wrestling very hard, working hard in the room,” coach Angelo LaRosa said.
About 30 wrestlers are on the team, a little down from last year and about average, but where they fit into the lineup is a challenge.
“It’s weird. We don’t have a lot of littler guys this year. Most are at 190, 200 pounds and up. That’s more than I’ve ever had before,” LaRosa said.
Only one wrestler is in the 106-pound category, and he won’t be there until after the holidays.
“Grafton has a bunch of them (lighter wrestlers). Maybe we could trade,” LaRosa quipped.
Port won the conference title last year for the first time in four years, after running off 12 straight NSC titles. This year, Port faces a formidable challenge in trying to pull off a North Shore crown, especially with the addition of Slinger, which LaRosa said is ranked in Division 1.
“It’s a tall task because Slinger is pretty solid,” he said.
The Owls beat the Pirates, 48-25, on Nov. 30, but plenty more duals and the conference tournament lay ahead.
LUKAS BURKE PORT WRESTLING s1113017264 4C“We’re chasing them. We’ll see how it shakes out,” LaRosa said.
Last week, Port cruised to two conference dual meet victories. On Dec. 6, the Pirates beat Homestead, 48-21. On Dec. 5, they beat Whitefish Bay/Dominican/University School of Milwaukee, 57-23.
Against Homestead, Port went 5-3 in matches not forfeited by either team.
Tristan Griswold at 220 pounds pinned Quinn Mobley in 2 minutes, 59 seconds. Peiffer at 113 beat Messi Elgin, 9-6. Jake Wiesmueller at 145 won a 16-0 technical fall over Guy Tamim. Nathan Russell pinned Ben Tamim in 1:37 at 152.
“We wrestled pretty well against them. We’re starting to get some guys back in the lineup,” LaRosa said, adding some had missed time due to injury or other reasons.
“Some guys were banged up from football, some had lingering injuries.”

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